We welcome drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages to Street Smarts Back-to-School Traffic Safety Blast from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Laurel Park. You can visit 12 traffic safety booths with fun-filled activities that underscore safe rules of the road and receive a free raffle ticket for 25 prizes including new bike, helmets and reflective gear.
Youth as well as adults can experience the impairment caused by texting while driving and cycling through an “intexticated” goggle-walk and interactive simulator. There will be a bike safety obstacle course for kids (with bikes provided as needed) led by Ecology Action and free bike safety check-ups for everyone from Current eBikes.
Santa Cruz City Schools Crossing Guard Jerry Cacace and Traffic Sgt. Scott Garner will be at the Santa Cruz Police Department table to answer questions along with a traffic safety prize wheel.
Other booths with family activities include the California Highway Patrol, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and AAA.
For adults, the JUMP bike program will offer Bike Share test rides and information, our Go Santa Cruz table will provide information on Safe Routes to School and active transportation projects, Santa Cruz Neighbors will collect input on neighborhood traffic issues, and Bike Santa Cruz County will provide resources to make local cycling better.
Our Street Smarts booth will provide traffic safety activity sheets and collect stamped passports to enter the raffle with 25 winners to be announced at 11:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!
Street Smarts is a City of Santa Cruz traffic safety campaign with mission to reduce the number of traffic-related crashes and injuries in Santa Cruz. Year one of the campaign is funded in part by AT&T/It Can Wait, AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Kaiser Permanente. More information is available at www.cityofsantacruz.com/StreetSmarts.